The Mistress called Creativity

I spent several hours this evening cleaning up our studio. I cleared off the work table and put down clean, brown paper. With a clear table top and a clean piece of paper, the potential for creativity was endless. So I began work on a new piece, one which I need to finish this weekend. I pulled out all my paper scraps and went to work. I listened to some classic movies while I worked and had a lot of fun creating. Within a few minutes the once clear table was covered with art supplies and the ideas were flowing. 

Later this month I will be attending a workshop out West and we have the opportunity to bring one example of our work. The piece needs to be sixteen by twenty, unframed, and it will be on display all week during the conference. I started this mat weeks ago and took the challenge of the workshop to get it completed. I am not sure what I am going to put in the center, that will come later. 

I have a process for being creative. I need to first be inspired or have a goal. I can find it hard to get moving if I do not have a reason or idea prompting me to action. Creating just for the sake of being creative sounds great, yet I find it challanging. If I do not have a solid idea, it may take me a while to get started. I piddle around until something sparks my thoughts and then the creativity kicks in. Once the idea takes shape, I can work for hours. In fact I find myself in the studio for hours and before I know it I am up way too late. I have to force myself to go to bed, and I look forward to waking up to get working again. 

Creativity can be a fickle mistress. She wants what she wants when she wants it, and nothing else matters. She is not always motivated or may take promoting to get things started. She can drive you crazy or get stuck in the mud. Sometimes she needs help, and sometimes she will keep you up with an idea buzzing around your head. Sometimes she comes to you at the strangest places, or wakes you up from a dream with a fabulous insight. However she arrives, be glad she stays. Run with her, work with her, create with her, get exhausted by her. Let creativity inspire you to another level. 

When was the last time you stayed up late doing something you enjoy? What did it take to get you motivated enough to work without any concept of time? Were you pressured, under a deadline, or behind? Was it something you really wanted to complete, and no matter what it took you were willing to work, work, work? Did you have the idea burning in your head, or did someone else prompt it? Was it for your job, or for yourself? Today I wish for you a moment of pure creativity and inspiration…then let it roll out of you with no concept of time. You and the world will be amazed with what you create. 

Inspiration: What is Art?

I saw this piece of art in a restaurant and thought it was colorful and bright. It also made me think about ‘what is art?’ This piece uses color and letters to illustrate the word ‘art’…and that turns out to be art. As I looked at this piece hanging on the wall – instead of listening to the conversation at my table – I also thought that not everyone would see this as art, and not everyone would like it. 

Art is subjective. What is art to one person may not be art to another person. There is art in tattoos, graffiti, words, shapes, colors, natural forms, lines, clouds, trees, streets, on canvas, in furniture and art can be present in found objects. And yet not everyone can see the beauty or wants to see the beauty in all those things. Some people think furniture is just furniture. Some people think words are just words, not art. And others can find art no matter where they or what they are experiencing. Great artists had critics, and those critics didn’t like their art.

Art is very cultural. Many countries, cultures, genders, or generations appreciate different art. They like different shapes or angles and they love color. Some cultures appreciate more the absence of color and shape. Some families go to art museums, others do not. Some parents want their children to be artistically creative, some parents do not value that. Some countries invest and want the arts to thrive…while some countries stifle their artists by controlling what they are allowed to produce. 

Art can be cheap, art can be expensive. Many artists ‘starve’ while they are alive then their work becomes more valued upon their death. Other artists make lots of money creating and selling their art while they are alive, and market it very well across the globe. Some people see art as an investment and others see it as something to cover their walls…and still others see it as a way to inspire themselves each and every day. Some people do not have money to spend on art, so they make it themselves. Others have money and want to be part of the process while others make art for them. 

When I tell people I like art, I get a variety of reactions. Some want to know ‘who’ I like, and others want to know what ‘genre’ I like. Some people tell me what they like and ask if I like that as well. Some people want to talk art, and others don’t like it at all. Art can bring out some interesting conversations and reactions, blank stares and enthusiastic responses. 

All in all, art is what YOU think it is. Art is what you appreciate and what you want to see. Like so many things in life, art is what you make of it…if you like it, then it’s art. If you don’t like it, then someone else might. If you take the judgement out of all this and allow people to appreciate and contribute in the best way they know how, you will be amazed at what art can teach you!

Welcome to Ann Art Gallery Blog

This is the first post of our blog. To find out more about us, go to our website:

We will be having a grand opening of our gallery on May 2nd from 2 to 6 pm. We welcome any and all to come join us at 1643 Upper Burris Rd. | Canton, GA | 30114.For a link to Google Maps that shows our location, select the following link Google Map.

We also welcome input, after the opening, on what we could do better, what you would like to see and any other comments you might have. We are here to learn as well as provide.

As for us, this is our business model:

The gallery, in Canton Georgia, will offers special exhibitions in addition to representing gallery artists on a continuing basis. This means that you can always find works by your favorite artists, regardless of the show currently on view.

The Ann Art Gallery offers exceptional self-taught and contemporary art. We specialize in works by a select group of local, southern, emerging artists who create as well as teach. Creativity is a process, and the better inspired and encouraged an artist feels, the stronger a product they are able to produce. We utilize the skills and talents of our artists to educate novices, the community and each other. When we teach others about our craft or skill, we ourselves learn and grow. It is our goal that each artist exhibited in the gallery will teach and learn during their career.

Our goal is to create an environment where people of all backgrounds can relate to, acquire and create art. Our staff can assist and advise individual collectors, both seasoned and new to collecting, to find just the right works of art to fill their needs.